5 Reasons to Consider Telemedicine if You Have a Chronic Disease

Jul 01, 2023
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Chronic diseases require ongoing medical attention to prevent complications and keep symptoms under control. Here’s how telemedicine can help you get the treatment you need to manage your chronic condition successfully.

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic diseases like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure. One thing these diseases and conditions have in common is they require regular medical care to prevent complications and help people lead healthy lives.

As a practice specializing in chronic disease management for patients in and around Miami, Florida, I & B Medical Associates is a trusted provider of telemedicine services to help patients get the care they need in a manner that’s most convenient for them.

If you have a chronic disease, here are five reasons to consider telemedicine.

1. It’s more convenient than repeated office visits

Chronic disease management is an ongoing process requiring regular checkups. With traditional office visits, that means a lot of interruptions to your schedule. Telemedicine helps people with physical limitations, young kids, or travel restrictions get the care they need.

Telemedicine (or telehealth) puts you in control. Instead of traveling to our office, you can have your appointments at home or anywhere there’s a secure internet connection and some privacy.

2. It’s easier to keep up with treatment

Chronic diseases can change, especially as your underlying health or lifestyle changes. Gaining or losing weight, hormonal fluctuations, surgeries, and aging can all influence your treatment. So you might need additional visits to ensure your treatment stays on track.

Making sure your treatment evolves with your needs is essential for preventing complications and enjoying optimal health.

Because it’s more convenient and tailored to your schedule, telemedicine makes it a lot easier to meet with our team anytime you encounter a change that could affect your management plan. 

3. It limits your exposure to other illnesses

Managing a chronic disease requires regular “well visits” — doctor’s appointments when you’re not sick. But plenty of people see the doctor when they are sick. That means you can be exposed to their germs in the waiting room.

Telehealth visits take place outside our office, eliminating the risk of exposure. Reducing the risk of illness is good for everyone, but it can be especially important to someone already dealing with a chronic disease.

4. It reduces stress

Stress doesn’t just make you feel nervous, anxious, or uneasy — it affects your physical and emotional health. In fact, research shows chronic stress can have a major bearing on disease, increasing your risk of developing a chronic disease or making an existing disease worse.

Because it’s so convenient, telemedicine helps reduce the stress associated with managing your chronic health condition. That enables you to seek treatment on your own terms, without the hassles associated with frequent in-office visits.

Plus, when you receive care in the comfort of your home, you won’t have to worry about white coat syndrome, the stress response that often accompanies on-site medical visits.

5. It optimizes your schedule

Finally, telemedicine visits are a huge timesaver, allowing you to schedule appointments that work for you.

You don’t need to worry about taking time off from work, arranging for child care, or spending time in traffic or in the waiting room. Once you schedule your visit, just log in to our secure portal at your appointment time. That’s it.

If you have a chronic disease, telemedicine could be the solution you’re looking for to make ongoing care as convenient as possible.

To learn more about our telemedicine services or schedule a telehealth visit, call 786-321-2399 or book an appointment online with the team at I & B Medical Associates today.